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PHOENIX
1661 E Camelback Rd
Suite 160
Phoenix, AZ 85016
602-241-1671

AHWATUKEE
4530 E. Ray Rd
Suite 125
Phoenix, AZ 85044
480-759-9191

Weeks 22 to 27 of Your Pregnancy

Your Care Instructions

As you enter your 7th month of pregnancy at week 26, your baby's lungs are growing stronger and getting ready to breathe. You may notice that your baby responds to the sound of your or your partner's voice. You may also notice that your baby does less turning and twisting and more squirming or jerking. Jerking often means that your baby has the hiccups. Hiccups are perfectly normal and are only temporary.

You may want to think about attending a childbirth preparation class. This is also a good time to start thinking about whether you want to have pain medicine during labor.

Most pregnant women are tested for gestational diabetes between weeks 24 and 28. Gestational diabetes occurs when your blood sugar level gets too high when you're pregnant. The test is important, because you can have gestational diabetes and not know it. But the condition can cause problems for your baby.

Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.

How can you care for yourself at home?

Ease discomfort from your baby's kicking

  • Change your position. Sometimes this will cause your baby to change position too.
  • Take a deep breath while you raise your arm over your head. Then breathe out while you drop your arm.

Do Kegel exercises to prevent urine from leaking

  • You can do Kegel exercises while you stand or sit.
    • Squeeze the same muscles you would use to stop your urine. Your belly and thighs should not move.
    • Hold the squeeze for 3 seconds, and then relax for 3 seconds.
    • Start with 3 seconds. Then add 1 second each week until you are able to squeeze for 10 seconds.
    • Repeat the exercise 10 to 15 times for each session. Do three or more sessions each day.

Ease or reduce swelling in your feet, ankles, hands, and fingers

  • If your fingers are puffy, take off your rings.
  • Do not eat high-salt foods, such as potato chips.
  • Prop up your feet on a stool or couch as much as possible.
  • Sleep with pillows under your feet.
  • Do not stand for long periods of time or wear tight shoes.
  • Wear support stockings.
Care instructions adapted under license by Az Obgyn Affiliates. This care instruction is for use with your licensed healthcare professional. If you have questions about a medical condition or this instruction, always ask your healthcare professional. Healthwise, Incorporated disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information.

Phoenix Office

602-241-1671
602-230-7982

1661 E Camelback Rd
Suite 160
Phoenix, AZ 85016

Ahwatukee Office

480-759-9191
480-759-9105

4530 E Ray Rd
Suite 125
Phoenix, AZ 85044

Hospital Affiliation

         Main 602-839-2000
OB Triage 602-839-6700

Banner University
Medical Center Phoenix

1111 E McDowell Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85006